Friday, 25 July 2014

Pelargoniums are heaven scent.

Gardening: Pelargoniums are heaven scent - Telegraph:

" I would never want to be without
'Attar of Roses',
'Lady Plymouth',
Pelargonium crispum or
'Prince of Orange'.

'Big Apple' has smooth, round leaves, apple-scented when bruised, and small white flowers. 'Attar of Roses' has heart-shaped grey-green rose-scented leaves and pinky mauve flowers. 'Prince of Orange', with orange-scented, glossy foliage has particularly large and showy flowers, consisting of pale pink petals, veined with purple. 'Creamy Nutmeg' is so-called because of its cream and green variegated leaves and nutmeg scent. 'Lady Plymouth' has deeply cut variegated foliage and small mauve flowers, while 'Islington Peppermint' has attractive flowers with deep red upper petals and white lower ones. 'Ardwick Cinnamon' has masses of small white flowers above silver-grey leaves. All have an airy charm not always displayed by the beefier Zonals.

Growing Tips
Scented-leaved pelargoniums are easy to grow, provided they have very good light and air circulation, and are not exposed to any degree of frost.
If you want them to flower all year, make sure that the winter night temperature is 7C or above.
They can be planted out in containers or herb gardens in the summer, and brought back inside in the autumn. At Cramden Nursery, the pelargoniums are cut right back in late summer or early autumn, so that they carry less leaf through the winter; this reduces both the risk of botrytis and the amount of watering required.
Scented-leaved pelargoniums can get rather leggy unless cut back from time to time. You should also consider re-potting the plants each year in the spring, preferably into John Innes No 2 potting compost.
Emily Mitchell propagates her pelargoniums by cuttings taken from January until late May, in batches. That suits a commercial concern, but the private gardener will probably find it most convenient to make cuttings in summer, particularly if no heated propagator is available.
All in all, it is hard to imagine a group of plants that give as much pleasure for so little trouble."

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